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For-profit democracy : why the government is losing the trust of rural America

Author: Loka L Ashwood
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Yale agrarian studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fascinating sociological assessment of the damaging effects of the for profit partnership between government and corporation on rural Americans Why is government distrust rampant, especially in the rural United States? This book offers a simple explanation: corporations and the government together dispossess rural people of their prosperity, and even their property. Based on four years of fieldwork, this eye  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ashwood, Loka.
For-Profit Democracy.
©2018
(OCoLC)1005124902
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Loka L Ashwood
ISBN: 9780300235142 0300235143
OCLC Number: 1041139803
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Reaction. Welcome to Burke County --
For-profit democracy --
Meltdown. The moral economy of democracy --
The rule of numbers --
Fallout. The rural rebel --
The transcendent people --
Freedom under the gun --
Recovery. The moral economy's freedom.
Series Title: Yale agrarian studies.
Responsibility: Loka Ashwood.
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A fascinating sociological assessment of the damaging effects of the for profit partnership between government and corporation on rural Americans Why is government distrust rampant, especially in the rural United States? This book offers a simple explanation: corporations and the government together dispossess rural people of their prosperity, and even their property. Based on four years of fieldwork, this eye opening assessment by sociologist Loka Ashwood plays out in a mixed race Georgia community that hosted the first nuclear power reactors sanctioned by the government in three decades. This work serves as an explanatory mirror of prominent trends in current American politics. Churches become havens for redemption, poaching a means of retribution, guns a tool of self defense, and nuclear power a faltering solution to global warming as governance strays from democratic principles. In the absence of hope or trust in rulers, rural racial tensions fester and divide. The book tells of the rebellion that unfolds as the rights of corporations supersede the rights of humans.

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